“Order’s here!” Marie lugged the Amazon box into the dining room. One by one, Mom and Dad opened each tiny package and handed it to one of the twins. The whole family watched as the second-floor bedrooms came to life. One had lavender curtains and a pink and lavender quilt resting on a tiny rocking chair. The other had a dark teal and gold quilt, light teal pillows, and a mahogany writing desk. “Lovely!” everyone agreed.

The summer had flown by. Between long walks, bike rides, and furnishing the doll house, the family barely noticed the lock-down. The twins were each other’s best friends, so they didn’t miss being around others. Mom and Dad both worked at home, and delighted in each other’s company. It was like a second honeymoon, only better, because they had meaningful work and two beautiful children.

“The best of all worlds,” Dad declared as he placed the weekly order for miniature furniture, linens, wall hangings and kitchen utensils. Mom had always wanted a doll house when she was growing up, so Dad had made her one as a wedding present. Now, fourteen years later, the interior of the house was almost complete.

Life was good that summer. But now, fall was just around the corner. The big news was school re-openings, which set the girls to moaning. They loved learning, but hated school. None of the kids understood their secret twin-code. The clueless teachers called them “Marianna” and “Theodora”. They had to sit still hour upon hour. They preferred their lock-down life. The entire family reviewed the choices, then came up with a plan.

“I think it’s ready,” Dad announced, as he tested the running water and electricity and Internet connection in the doll house. “Who wants to be first?”

Teddy stepped over the threshold, ran upstairs to her teal and gold bedroom. Marie paused in the schoolroom to admire the shelves of all their favorite books, then bounced on her lavender and pink bed. Mom and Dad settled into the cozy comfy sofa with happy sighs. “Home sweet home!”

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei (@margarida-brei)
6 months ago

A unique way to escape reality – living in a doll’s house. Love your rich colour schemes in teal and gold, Fuji.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months ago

I love the atmosphere, especially the dollhouse and the color scheme of this story. Nicely done. 

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
5 months ago

I knew that the theme “colors” would fit you, Fuji, after having read several stories where you show knowledge of and feelings for nuances of colors in clothing and decoration. Exquisite! Not having your knowledge or vocabulary, I had to search for the meaning of “teal”. It said blue-green and I am reminded that my twin brother and I had sweaters with a similar color when we were children. Our mother kept calling them green while we insisted that they were blue.
I love the dream (for introverts?) of down-sizing oneself and stepping into a well equipped dollhouse to have a perfectly solitary life, surrounded by only a few loved ones, good books and a tastefully decorated house. Indeed: Home, sweet home!

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
5 months ago

Fuji, you painted such a beautiful picture of true happiness in my mind. I like the idea of the twins having a secret twin-code. It emphasizes the special bond between them. The doll-house sounds idyllic and like just the place to be during lockdown!

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Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary (@emily-oleary)
4 months ago

I always look forward to your pieces Fuji, and this one is so very lovely! If nothing else the lockdowns have certainly encouraged little things like appreciating what you do have and spending that quality time together.

So the question, did they step into the dollhouse? Or did they create their own ‘dollhouse’ home?

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